Seattle Spring Festivals & Events

Magnolia trees flowering in spring at Washington Park Arboretum in Seattle, Washington State, USA
Danita Delimont/Getty Images

There is always something to do when the flowers start to bloom. Spring events and festivals in the Seattle area start in March with more events and festivals arriving in March, April and May. Some have been around for decades and others are new additions. Either way, there is something for everyone.

  • 01 of 16

    The Moisture Festival features a Comedy/Varietè. It's an assortment of entertainment with highly skilled performances, bizarre talents and of course all with a humorous twist. It’s presented as a variety show with routines ranging from three to 15 minutes. The Moisture Festival includes a live show band, aerialists, jugglers, comedians, dancers, rope and bubble acts, clowns, acrobats, can-can girls, strong men and women, tap dancers and drill teams.

  • 02 of 16

    Whirligig! is offered at Seattle Center and it’s a carnival for kids. Your kids can bounce, slide, glide and ride on super-sized inflatable rides. There is a special Toddler Zone too. Primary colors are the theme of the décor; includes roaming clowns and face painters.

  • 03 of 16

    The Seattle Green Festival is a joint project of Global Exchange and Green America. They celebrate what’s working in communities—for people, businesses, and the environment. The event draws 125 renowned authors, leaders & educators. Along with 350 eco-friendly businesses, workshops, green films, kids’ activities, live music and delicious, organic, vegetarian cuisine.

  • 04 of 16

    Head to Seattle Center at Fisher Pavilion and taste more than 60 beers from Washington breweries. Each beer is handcrafted and served without carbon dioxide (from a cask). Experts are on hand to answer your questions too.

    Continue to 5 of 16 below.
  • 05 of 16

    Skagit Valley Tulip Festival

    For 25 years and counting now Mount Vernon, WA has celebrated the sprouting of their colorful tulip fields. The tulips are available for viewing every April in Skagit county. Be sure to take your camera and wear your rain boots as the fields can be muddy.

  • 06 of 16

    The Daffodil Festival is celebrating its 76th year. This annual event in Pierce County includes a parade through the cities of Tacoma, Puyallup, Sumner, and Orting; all in one day. There are activities for the whole family too.

  • 07 of 16

    Seattle Cherry Blossom & Japanese Cultural Festival

    This is a free event for the senses. The Seattle Cherry Blossom & Japanese Cultural Festival celebrates Japanese culture and America’s relationship with Japan. The three-day event includes arts and crafts booths, traditional cuisine, exhibits and special performances. Enjoy the boom of taiko drums, discover ikebana flowers, taste delicious Japanese food, experience tea ceremony demonstrations. The event commemorates Japan’s gift of 1,000 blossoming cherry trees to Seattle in 1976. The trees were planted along Lake Washington Boulevard, in Seward Park and other places around the city.

  • 08 of 16

    The Passport to Woodinville is for wine enthusiasts. They start selling tickets in February each year for their popular wine country tour season. This special event happens every April and is very popular with Seattle area locals. It's one of the only days in the year that all participating wineries in Woodinville are open at the same time.

    Continue to 9 of 16 below.
  • 09 of 16

    Seattle Maritime Festival

    The Seattle Maritime Festival takes place each May on the Seattle waterfront. Check out the world’s biggest tugboat races, experience the Waterfront Chowder Cook-Off, go on free harbor tours, see a boat building competition, watch a sea-air rescue demonstration. There are kid’s events featuring Stories of the Sea, survival suit races and a container ship full of family fun.

  • 10 of 16

    The Seattle International Children's Festival is a performing arts festival for all ages and is hosted each year the week after Mother's Day at Seattle Center. The festival features professional adult companies from around the world performing "globalicious" music, circus, theater, puppetry and more.

  • 11 of 16

    University District StreetFair

    The University District StreetFair dates back to the late 1960s. It’s popular, attracting more than 50,000 people and nearly 400 craft and food booths. The StreetFair is an energetic and exciting celebration of arts and crafts, community, music, and food. It includes two music stages, a special children's area, a live theatre stage and a medley of street performers. The StreetFair is a free event.

  • 12 of 16

    Cheese lovers flock to The Seattle Cheese Festival each year. The annual event is for the general public and the foodservice industry to taste, celebrate and better understand artisanal cheese made locally and around the world. The spring festival takes place at Pike Place Market along the cobbled streets between Pine and Virginia.

    Continue to 13 of 16 below.
  • 13 of 16

    Northwest Folklife Festival

    Held over Memorial Day weekend since 1972 this is one of the largest and free folklife celebrations in North America. It’s produced by Northwest Folklife and Seattle Center and hosts more than 7,000 participants, 27 stages and venues, roughly 1000 performances, and an audience of approximately 250,000. Immerse yourself in four days of music and dance performances, visual arts and folklore exhibits, workshops, craft and cooking demonstrations and films.

  • 14 of 16

    Seattle International Film Festival

    The Seattle International Film Festival (SIFF) is the largest festival in the U.S. and is considered one of the most influential film festivals in the world. Attendance in the past has topped 160,000. Since the 1970s it has played 25 days straight screening over 400 feature and short films from over 60 different countries. Each year SIFF attracts directors, actors, and critics from around the globe, who participate in special events, post-film Q&A sessions, and provocative forums.

  • 15 of 16

    Since 1971 The Pike Place Market Street Festival has hosted their spring festival with live music, local artisans, food, and the Strut Your Mutt Dog Show as a “thanks” to the citizens of Seattle for their vote to save the Market.

  • 16 of 16

    The Washington Brewers Festival fittingly falls on Father's Day weekend. Rain or shine it's hosted in Kenmore, WA. There are over 200 beers on tap with live music to compliment the atmosphere. The crowd is 21 and over on Friday. Then all ages are welcome Saturday and Sunday where you can enjoy food and games.